Since Natalie was a Senior, I’ve been blessed with the "job" of capturing the most important moments in her life. Last year these captures included a gender reveal and a Fresh 48 session! So when Natalie messaged me about taking their first ever family photos, I was over the moon excited! Especially, as I had never had the pleasure of meeting Tony's other daughter, "K" and I had not seen baby "C" since she was a new born. We decided to meet up at our favorite park; the weather was absolutely gorgeous and we even had a few moments of sunshine peeking through the clouds.
My heart broke for Miss "K" as immediately after taking the bottom 2 photos above she broke into tears. Thankfully, this is not my first rodeo so those tears only lasted a brief few minutes. I had Natalie pick her up and talk to her, once she was calm enough to let me get close I took her down to the water where we picked a flower and attempted to throw it in...five tries later the goal was accomplished and she was ready to start having fun, though she was still a little cautious and shy.
"K" really wanted to go down the slide, I promised her if she would just give me a little smile that I would let her go play. When a posed session fails, it can sometimes become replaced by more of a "capture the moment" session. Thankfully, that is exactly what happened here. She game me a couple of smiles and I kept my promise.
I love sessions where I have the opportunity to capture families having fun together. Yes it is awesome to have posed photos to hand out to families and for Holidays but I often feel that capturing people as they truly behave, in a natural environment is sadly overlooked. I have even been guilty of doing such with my own children...getting caught up in the perfection of it all and forgetting about the raw emotion that should be present. Natalie and Tony both agreed with me, thankfully and I am thrilled with the overall outcome!
Natalie and Tony were amazing enough to allow "K" and me to get some action shots in the little stream. At first she was a little weary about putting her feet in the water so instead we picked up rocks and tossed them back into the water near the fountain. Within minutes, she became bored of this and she slowly inched her way in.
As "K" played in the water with my 9 year old assistant for the day (my daughter) I took the opportunity to get a few more images of Baby "C", Natalie and Tony. While it would have been great to have "K" in these images with them, we all knew pushing the issue would most likely lead to another melt down and that would be the end of the session. Instead we decided to keep the day happy and tear free! Plus, baby "C" was loving the added attention. Look at her sweet little smile...and those eyelashes!!
"Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it." -Sai Baba
Spring is here (well most days anyway, gotta love Missouri weather) and I want to give you some tips to ensure your day is stress free and flawless for your spring session. Listen up!
1. Wear layers. Spring here can be very finicky. Just look at this past weekend; snow on Sunday 70 degrees tomorrow. I suggest wearing layers — tank top, tee shirt, cardigan, scarf, etc. That way each family member can peel off, or add, a layer as they see fit and remain comfortable throughout the session.
2. Location is a big deal. You better believe we're going to take advantage of the fresh, warm air and all those bud popping up from the ground and in the trees. If you have any favorite locations, let me know. I also have a nice list on hand, myself.
3. Play into the colors of the season when choosing your family's outfits. Fresh pops of green, blue, pink and yellow are always a hit in the springtime. I recommend choosing a color theme for the whole gang, then slightly deviating from that with accessories to keep things interesting.
4. Speaking of accessories: wear them! Choose jewelry, scarves, or prints that play into the spring theme. Butterflies, flowers, insects, etc, can make for some super adorable family pictures.
5. Time it right. Book a session too early and you may miss out on those spring buds. Book too late and you've already wandered into summer territory. Keep an eye on the weather and give me a call when the time is right.
6. Incorporate props. Spring offers some beautiful backdrops where props blend in perfectly. For example, old wooden chairs look stunning in a sea of blooming rose bushes, and a quilted blanket is lovely on the fresh, green grass.
7. Really think about your footwear. Often they will not show in many images but please do not forget to coordinate socks and shoes! Also, spring can often mean a soggy ground, so flip-flops or heels are not the best choice. Instead, wear something that's comfortable and spring appropriate, like loafers, flats or boots.
Now that you have some great tips for your spring session, I would love to be YOUR family’s photographer! Contact me so we can chat and get you scheduled before the hot weather hits. I look forward to working with you!
Hiring a professional photographer is a daunting process, a very important process but, a daunting one. Not only do we need to provide you the images you dream of but you need that chemistry with your photographer.
OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS I WILL BE SHARING SOME GREAT TIPS AND HELPFUL ADVISE THAT I HOPE WILL HELP YOU ALONG THE PROCESS!
I am going to start with a little vocabulary to help you out with. Even if you are familiar with them, they are great words to start thinking of while figuring out what you want out of your images.
While you start the processes of searching for your wedding photographer it is most likely the photographer will be full of questions to provide you the most accurate quote for you.
It's no lie, as photographers, we use a lot of terminology that you may not always understand or be familiar with; especially during the consultation when we discuss how the process flows. This article is designed to help you get to know some of these terms in regards to your wedding photography so we’re all on the same page (some of these are applicable to other forms of photography as well) .
This is: Photographer Wedding Terminology 101!
TLP is excited to offer our clients the opportunity to book your portrait session online right from the website! Click on "Client Lounge" located at the top right navigation of my website, then click the first box book your session, choose type of portrait session you want, pick a date and time. You'll receive a confirmation with the details of your booking and a link to pay the retainer within 48 hours. I will also email few friendly reminders up to the date of your scheduled session. I have limited spots available for the April and May so be sure to click here to book your portrait session today!
It's hard to believe that Spring is already here! To celebrate, I am excited to announce TLP is now booking Mommy & Me-Bitty Sessions. Please contact me to reserve your time slot; there are ONLY 4 slots available!
Come all Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunties, Sisters...anyone would like some family photos for Mom!
Mommy & Me
Each session will run approx. 30 mins on April 10, 2016. Times are: 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 6pm, 6:45pm
Location: TBA upon booking
Event is weather permitting. Limited time slots available, reserve yours today! I will pick a rain date ahead of time in case we have to reschedule due to weather. If you are unable to make the rain date, we will reschedule you for a later date in May. Otherwise refunds will not be issued.
For $50 you will receive 5-7 edited, high resolution digital images in both color and black and white with a print consent. Your digital images will be available for immediate download from my website. Additional digital images may be purchased for $10 each; this is 50% off my regular price.
Returning Client Special: $45
Please contact me to book. Sessions are first come first serve.
**PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ EVERYTHING BELOW***
1. Mommy & Me bitty sessions will exclusively capture the love and interaction between a mother (grandmother, aunt, female figure) and her child (children).
2. I will not provide a family portrait during your Mommy & Me bitty session. Dads are welcome to watch and cheer you on, but they will not be in the photo's, they get their turn next...I promise!
3. Sorry, there will not be any time for outfit changes.
4. Please do not bring any of your own props unless otherwise discussed before hand with me.
5. Your session is 30 min long, so make sure you're on time or early! If you're late then it will cut into your session time and end on time. Please note that if you are late, the amount of images guaranteed MAY decrease if you are running late.
6. You will receive an online gallery where you will be able to download your 10 edited high resolution digital images.
7. Images will be delivered within 14 days.
8. In order to claim your time slot the $50 fee must be paid in full.
(If you would like to pay in two payments, just send me a message!)
9. No pets please.
I am a photographer, a mother and a noticer. I know how important your memories are. I love to show stories via pictures: color. sepia. black/white. edited. candid.